Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them

Woman holding cash
Krakenimages.com / Shutterstock.com

I come from a long line of “dejunkers.” We’re those people who constantly scan their homes for items that haven’t been used for a while — and toss them out.

But when I married a graduate student, and we lived on a marginal income, I realized that some of that stuff I previously had tossed was pretty valuable.

I’ve learned that it really is worth it to sell some things rather than just cart them off. It allows me to earn ­– and save ­– cash. Beyond that, it feels good to see stuff I no longer need going to a new home instead of the landfill.

Consider the following types of items that you might not have realized were worth anything — and learn some of the best places to sell them.

1. Electronics

A young woman in glasses works at a table with a smartphone, tablet and laptop computer
Artie Medvedev / Shutterstock.com

In the past, I just shoved my old cellphones, computers and tablets into a closet until I junked them. Now, I sell them online.

You can do so, too, through sites such as Gazelle. Various retailers — from Amazon to brick-and-mortar chains — also buy certain used electronics, as we detail in “9 Retailers That Want to Buy Your Clutter.”

If your old electronics are in too poor of a condition to be worth cash, try taking them to a store that will give you a credit or discount on a future purchase in exchange for recycling your unwanted phone or computer. To learn more, see “10 Retailers That Will Pay You to Recycle Your Old Stuff.”

2. Books

sherwood / Shutterstock.com

Yes, libraries and charities may welcome your donation of used books. But if you have textbooks, first editions or volumes from popular authors, you may be able to sell them online or to a local used bookstore.

For example, the Amazon Trade-In program accepts books. The brick-and-mortar chain Half Price Books also buys books.

Tip: The website BookScouter can help you find out which buyer will give you the best price for a given book that you want to sell.

3. Gift cards

Africa Studio / Shutterstock.com

We’ve all received gift cards to stores or restaurants we don’t plan to patronize. Sure, you can give them away, but why not sell them for cash?

You can do just that through gift card exchanges such as Raise. They are online marketplaces through which you can sell your unwanted gift cards to people willing to buy them at a discount.

You won’t get the full value — perhaps $90 or $95 for a gift card worth $100, for example. But you will get the payment in cash.

4. Home appliances

wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.com

I was surprised to find a real demand for my old appliances — including a refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer.

One fellow who bought one was a landlord looking for appliances for student housing. But other buyers — including a woman who always wanted a side-by-side refrigerator but couldn’t afford a new one — just wanted to upgrade their appliances.

This is one instance in which you might need to rely on Craigslist for sales, especially for large appliances that would be too costly to ship. But don’t forget other websites and apps that can connect you with potential buyers in your area, like Facebook Marketplace, Letgo and OfferUp.

5. Designer handbags and clothes

HighKey / Shutterstock.com

I had a bit of an obsession with designer handbags some years back, but now I seldom carry them.

Rather than have them sit unused on a closet shelf, I sell them on the website Bag Borrow or Steal. The site verifies that accessories are authentic designer items — not knock-offs — and pays well.

Other consignment sites for luxury goods include The RealReal and Material World.

Some generalized online consignment websites for clothing and accessories — such as Swap.com and thredUP — also buy and sell designer labels and other brand names.

6. Calculators

Shanestilliz / Shutterstock.com

How often do you see someone using a stand-alone calculator in these days of smartphones equipped with those devices and more? Unless you work with engineers, economists or mathematicians, spotting one is akin to seeing a unicorn. But, as it turns out, there is a market for calculators.

Before you toss your old calculator, check CalculatorSource.com to determine how much the site might pay for it.

7. Kids toys

carballo / Shutterstock.com

You can sell every kind of toy from board games to dolls and action figures — especially if they’re still in original packaging.

Consider posting them for sale on eBay, or try selling them directly and locally on Craigslist or through Facebook Marketplace, Letgo or OfferUp.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
6 Investing Tools That Help You Diversify
6 Investing Tools That Help You Diversify

Here’s how you can lend to startup businesses, fund social causes or get in on investments once available only to the very rich.

7 Gadgets Under $60 That Can Boost Your Health
7 Gadgets Under $60 That Can Boost Your Health

These Amazon finds can help ease foot aches, boost energy and even protect your heart.

The Worst Nursing Homes in America Are Revealed
The Worst Nursing Homes in America Are Revealed

The nursing homes with a history of providing subpar care previously hadn’t been identified for a government list.

This Is the Best Online Savings Account for 2021
This Is the Best Online Savings Account for 2021

The rate of return is just one of several reasons this account stands out.

6 Reasons I Will Never Trust Suze Orman
6 Reasons I Will Never Trust Suze Orman

Beware: The self-proclaimed personal finance expert has a track record that suggests more sizzle than steak.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

Whether you resell it for a big profit or add it to your own wardrobe, this type of clothing is a hidden steal.

10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

This Simple Mistake Might Weaken Your COVID-19 Vaccination
This Simple Mistake Might Weaken Your COVID-19 Vaccination

Avoid doing this before you get vaccinated.

10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years
10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider
Taking a Multivitamin? Here’s Why You Should Reconsider

A new study has bad news for the millions of Americans who spend money on multivitamins.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic
11 Products Now in Short Supply Due to the Pandemic

Many goods we take for granted have become tough to find in 2021.

9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car
9 Things You Should Never Leave in a Car

Thinking of leaving these possessions in a car? Prepare for unexpected consequences.

9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday
10 Deep Discounts Available on Amazon This Friday

These items are all steeply discounted — but the deals won’t last long.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently
10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021
Prepare to Pay More for These 31 Drugs in 2021

More than 700 prescription medications have seen price hikes so far this year. Here’s a look at the worst.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.